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Kathryn "Kay" Abel

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Kathryn "Kay" Abel Obituary
Kathryn "Kay" Abel

AGE: 97 • Monmouth County

Kathryn "Kay" McCue Abel, 97, a lifelong resident of Monmouth County, died peacefully Sunday, February 26th with her family by her side. She was the first child of Kathryn (nee Sweeney) and Martin McCue, President of McCue's Dairy, Long Branch. Kathryn was predeceased by her parents, husband Charles in 2003 and her son Peter in 1991. Her siblings Margaret Baldwin, Elizabeth Welsh, Helen McCue, John McCue and Marion Cigliano also predeceased her.

Kay is survived by her children Joan Dow of Spring Lake Heights; Eileen Berry of Newport, WA; Jeanne Abel with husband Juergen Zilling of Washington, DC and Oland Sweden; John of Interlaken and West Palm Beach, FL; Martin and wife Maureen of Honesdale, PA; and Charles and wife Cassy of Fair Haven. She has 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Kathryn attended Star of the Sea Academy, NJ College of Woman and Katherine Gibbs before working as a legal secretary in NYC. As a 51- year resident of Rumson she volunteered with cub scouts and for Holy Cross activities. She enjoyed swimming, entertaining, reading, wintering in Florida and travelling as long as she and "Charlie" returned to their cherished Monmouth County. She was known for her brief and insightful comments and quick, self-deprecating Irish wit.

Visiting hours are on Thursday, March 2nd from 4:00-8:00 PM at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Ave., Red Bank. A Mass will be at 10:00 AM Friday, March 3rd at Holy Cross R.C. Church, 30 Ward Ave., Rumson. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers or donations Kate would say: "go to church and say a prayer."

Please visit Kathryn's memorial website at and share a memory.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Mar. 1, 2017
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